Mark Robinson in full flight at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night, on his way to winning the season-opener Lord Mayor’s Cup.
Mark Robinson in full flight at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night, on his way to winning the season-opener Lord Mayor’s Cup. TONY POWELL

Robinson wins Lord Mayor’s Cup

FORMER national champion Mark Robinson took out a rough-and-tumble Lord Mayor’s Cup at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

Robinson overcame a strong challenge from Australian titleholder Peter Britten – and a number of race interruptions – to score a convincing win over Garry Wathen and Kelvin Hamilton.

The 30-lap final was a race of high attrition with more than half the field having to retire from the event.
An enthralling battle for the early lead unfolded between Robinson and Britten.

Britten gained a slight advantage before a yellow caution light slowed the action.

When the race resumed Robinson went into the lead and dominated from then on.

The pair ran in close company – and at one point came together – in a torrid encounter.

Britten chased hard, but his race came to an end in the closing laps when his car broke a torsion bar and he slid into the concrete retaining wall.

Robinson was untroubled after that and raced to a convincing victory.

Wathen drove a solid race for his runner-up finish, while Hamilton, driving the car formerly owned by multiple national V8 Dirt Modified champion Tim Morse from Victoria, was not disgraced in running third.

The Wingless sprintcar main event was won by Mick Santin.

Winners in other categories were Scott Quirk (street stocks), Kurt Wilson (junior sedans), Brock Armstrong (four-cylinder sedans) and Steve Collins (dwarf cars).


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